View from the balcony – The Delphi Trio performs!


The Delphi Trio in Brookings


The Delphi Trio warming up and taking pictures of the Hall up in Brookings.  If you’re in the area, come to Lincoln Music Center at 2pm to see their performance, or tomorrow night at 7:30pm in Sioux Falls!

Paul Sanchez Rehearses


Paul Sanchez finishing his warm-up earlier this afternoon.  Come see his performance tonight!

Check out today’s Argus Leader Link for an article about Dakota Sky!


Todays’s Argus Leader Link features an article by Jay Kirschenmann on page 3D, talking a bit about the up-coming Festival. You can view the full article here

Igor Lipinski – Free Album Download

Download the newest recording by 2010 alumnus and 2011 featured performance Igor Lipinski. An amazing magician and pianist, Igor is sure to excite!

Janet Brown on Kansas Arts Council

Our good friend, and former board member, Janet Brown once again with an insightful take on current events in the arts world, specifically the decision of Kansas to completely shutter its arts council.

Alessio Bax – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Profile

Read a short profile of Dakota Sky alumnus and 2011 featured performer Alessio Bax.  Excited to have him back in South Dakota this coming summer!

Also make sure to take a look at Mr. Bax’s blog – detailing his many experiences while traveling around the world performing.

Janet Brown on State Arts Agencies


Nice post from Janet Brown, former Dakota Sky Board Member, head of SoDA, Chair of Fine Arts at Augustana College, et al, on the role of State Arts Agencies.  As lovers of the arts, we all must also be advocates for their importance in our culture.

2011 Season Artists Announced!

The full roster of guest artists for the 2011 Season of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival has been finalized, and we are excited for what will be another fantastic season!

Founder and Artistic Director Paul Sanchez will start off our season.  Joining him in the Recital Series this year will be returning friends of the Festival and of Sioux Falls, Adam Golka, Petronel Malan, and Alessio Bax.  New to our recital series is Dr. Douglas Humpherys, of Eastman School of Music.  The Spotlight Series will feature the return of pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, this time as a member of the Delphi Trio, as well as the return of 2010 favorite, magician and pianist Igor Lipinski.

See our 2011 Artist Information page for more information about each of the artists.

This year, we are also planning to expand our Education program to include a Young Artist Program, which will consist of a two-week long intensive residency for seven students, who will study with our guest artists and other special guests.  This will expand upon our existing successful Children’s Concerts and Lecture Series.  Please check back after the New Year for more details about these, and other, upcoming programs.

It may be snowing today, but we are already excited for some summertime music!

2010 Dakota Sky on SDPB TV!

South Dakota Public Broadcasting will be airing an hour-long compilation of highlights from the summer’s Dakota Sky International Piano Festival this coming Sunday, November 14, at 1pm CST on SDPB TV.  Set your DVR’s now, and check back for information on additional programs of even more music in the coming months!

Thanks again to SDPB for their continued support of the Festival, and all of their work across the state of SD.

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